MOSCOW, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Director-general of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu on Tuesday expressed appreciation for Russia's efforts to help Damascus implement the plan of chemical weapons destruction.
"The Syrian government asked for some assistance, and Russia along with other countries exerted rather serious logistical and financial support, offered some equipment and so on," Uzumcu told the Russia Today TV channel.
"We highly appreciate Russia's efforts," the OPCW chief said.
"Big work has been done," Uzumcu said, adding that Russia and the United States should continue to play a key role in the destruction of Syrian chemical arsenals.
Earlier in December, Russia supplied Damascus with 75 cars and other equipment for the transportation and disposal of chemical weapons.
According to a timeline approved by the OPCW, the most toxic chemical substances will be transported out of Syria by the end of this year and destroyed on a special vessel at sea. The rest will be shipped out for destruction no later than June 30, 2014.
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